10th January – Walthamstow Wassail 2016 (Walthamstow, London) Preview

Address: Various locations in Walthamstow – See below for details (Website)

Entry Price/Session times:

Sun 10th January: 1:15pm onwards (£?)

Tickets: Contact Lucy Gibson walthamstowwassail@gmail.com for further details

Event Information:

This year’s Wassail date is Sunday January 10th 2016, and you’re really welcome to join us.

Family Wassail: 1.15pm – 3.45pm

Wassail singing in parts: 1.45pm-8pm

Both wassails start at Vestry House Museum, and we’ll be joining together for the first time, at 3pm in the garden of the Musuem to bless the mature apple trees. After that the Family Wassail will visit a local home and Wingfield Park, and the “grown up” wassail will continue learning songs in parts, ready for an evening of singing at the Nags Head, BEE17, Froth&Rind, the Village Pub, Market East Quarter Residents Association, and the Rose and Crown on Hoe Street.

This year’s theme is the Mari Lwyd, the wassailing tradition from South Wales. The Family Wassail will be making a “hobby horse”, and will carry it around the village before handing it over to the adults to take it further afield. The tradition is that the wassailers would visit their neighbours and insult them, in verse (and of course, in Welsh) and the neighbours would insult them back, also in verse. Once this competition had run its course, the neighbours would let the wassailers in and give them good things to eat and drink, and the wassailers would wish them all the best for the coming year. So we’ll be working hard for our refreshment this year!


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